March 30, 2012 — American Electric Power has announced it will participate in the Green Button initiative to provide customers with a simple way to download their energy usage information from their utility's Web site.
According to a release, the initiative is a joint effort among utilities, technology companies and the federal government to help customers save energy and money, and to spur the development of new energy usage applications and tools. In 2012, AEP will begin taking the steps necessary to implement the program for customers throughout its 11-state service territory.
The Green Button is a White House-inspired, industry-led initiative through which a growing number of utilities are using an agreed upon technical standard to present energy consumption information to their customers. It is modeled after the Blue Button initiative that makes medical records readily available to veterans and others.
Development of the industry standard was facilitated by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel a public-private partnership and is being adopted by utilities across the country following a challenge put forth by the White House last fall.
AEP is an electric utility in the U.S., delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.